The archaeological site of Sbeitla is located in Kasserine, in North Central Tunisia, about 250 km from Tunis. Founded by Roman Emperor Vespasian during the 1st century A.D under the name of Sufetula, it houses many listed monuments.

Capitol Square and its three temples

Given its strategic position, both geographically and economically, Sbeïtla is located at a crossroads between the Mediterranean coastal areas and Tébessa Mountains, now called Jbel Chaambi. The city trade is basically focused on agriculture, olive trees mainly. The city is experiencing a significant economic and urban development. The monuments that should be visited include the houses, the forum, the temples and the baths.

The theatre of Sbeitla

Colonised by the Romans, Sbeïtla converted to Christianity from the fourth Century.
It is only a century later – with the arrival of the Vandals – that Christianity started to progressively decline until it completely disappeared from Tunisian lands. In the year 647 – during the Muslim conquests of North Africa – Sbeïtla was partially destroyed after the violent battle between Muslim and Byzantine armies at the gates of the city. Surprisingly, it remains one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Tunisia.

Eminent archaeologists have discovered some beautiful ruins on this archaeological site highlighting the rich history of Roman antiquity and the Byzantine reign on African soil. Our tour begins with the majestic Capitol, the central element of the site.
It includes three temples, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.

Diocletian Arch

In addition to the rectangular
shaped Forum paved with limestone plates and surrounded by columns, and the impressive large public baths located in a double building. The tour stretches to the theatre on the edge of the Oued, and to the Roman city amphitheatre, standing Northwest of the site. This historical walk includes the Triumphal Arch of Antonin and the Arch of Diocletian, located in the South.
Our last stop is to admire the religious monuments from the Christian era, including St. Servus Church – built on an ancient pagan temple – and the Church of the Martyrs – better known as Basilica of Saints Sylvain and Fortuna, and at last, the beautiful site’s outstanding mosaics that beautify Christian churches.

Sbeïtla is simply a unique, majestic site steeped in history, definitely a must see!